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Trapped in the age of Nuclear Deterrence

Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 9:46 am | Mark Rais

The standoff between nuclear giant United States and newcomer North Korea is a remarkable reflection of a past age. It is the quintessential example of the cold war era ideology where nuclear weapons were foundational to power and deterrence. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the US public’s attitude to nuclear war

Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 10:55 am | Gordon Campbell

Worried about North Korea? Feeling concerned that nuclear war could break out any day now, either intentionally or by accident caused by mutual misunderstandings? Luckily, and despite the heated rhetoric, both sides are continuing to frame their ... More >>

Adrian Maidment Cartoon: Hosking's Split Screen

Monday, 4 September 2017, 4:47 pm | Adrian Maidment

How Mike Hosking wanted to use the split screen for the election debate More >>

Gordon Campbell on scrapping the rights of gang members

Monday, 4 September 2017, 12:18 pm | Gordon Campbell

S o, Police Minister Paula Bennett thinks some New Zealanders deserve “fewer human rights than others”. The New Zealanders now in the firing line being brown people, in gangs. To that end, National is promising to allow police to search cars and houses ... More >>

Newshub-Reid Research poll Sept 3

Sunday, 3 September 2017, 6:18 pm | The Scoop Team

National 43.4 percent down 1.1 points Labour 39.4 percent up 6.3 points New Zealand First 6.6 percent down 2.6 Greens 6.1 percent down 2.2 More >>

The Scoop Foundation Turns Two

Friday, 1 September 2017, 3:24 pm | The Scoop Foundation

The Scoop Foundation Turns Two The second year birthday for the Scoop Foundation for Public Interest comes up at the end of September. By then we will have recovered from frenetic election excitement but will we have a new Government? It’s looking ... More >>

Capturing party intentions: Spinoff’s POLICY tool

Friday, 1 September 2017, 2:57 pm | Opening The Election

Capturing party intentions: Spinoff’s POLICY tool. Byline: Opening the election The SpinOff’s initiative Policy launched recently and is a resource for undecided voters in the September election. Scoop has a role in this project as content partner. ... More >>

Most Read Items on Scoop – Week Ending Aug 31

Friday, 1 September 2017, 12:12 pm | The Scoop Team

An item referring to an Al Jazeera documentary on the New Zealand environment was the most read item on Scoop in the week up to Thursday August 31. More >>

Open Government – Inoculating Against Fascism

Friday, 1 September 2017, 4:15 am | Joseph Cederwall

The ultimate aim of any human society should be to ensure the prosperity, freedom and fulfilment for all of its members. Our shared natural, economic and social resources are part of a common inheritance or ‘commonwealth’, therefore must be utilised ... More >>

Rob Fyfe to mentor Michael Hill's CEO Phil Taylor

Thursday, 31 August 2017, 5:13 pm | BusinessDesk

Aug. 31 (BusinessDesk) - Former Air New Zealand chief executive Rob Fyfe will mentor Michael Hill International's new CEO Phil Taylor as he establishes himself in the role. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the funding crisis in the health system

Thursday, 31 August 2017, 12:18 pm | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on the funding crisis in the public health system First published on Werewolf More >>

Nullifying the Winston Effect

Thursday, 31 August 2017, 10:40 am | Nathan Hoturoa Gray

Winston Peters will always go down as the politician that set himself up for life by championing the pension and ingeniously introducing the 'Gold Card' that gives pensioners free public transport for the rest of their lives. It has assured him ... More >>

Top 14 Articles of Impeachment for Trump

Thursday, 31 August 2017, 10:03 am | David Swanson

Several years back, I led a team of authors drafting articles of impeachment against then-President George W. Bush for then-Congressman Dennis Kucinich. We drafted over 60 and settled on the best 35. Had Congress moved forward, it would not have passed ... More >>

The Terror Next Time: The Daesh Story Is Not Ending

Thursday, 31 August 2017, 9:55 am | Ramzy Baroud

Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, has been reduced to rubble. It has been finally conquered, snatched back from the notorious group, Daesh, after months of merciless bombardment by the US-led war coalition, and a massive ground war. More >>

Māori TV/Reid Research poll on Te Tai Tonga

Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 8:55 pm | The Scoop Team

Rino Tirikatene, Labour - 57.1%. Mei Reedy-Taare, Māori Party - 22.1%. Metiria Turei. Greens - 20.7%. More >>

Māori TV/Reid Research Poll on Ikaroa-Rāwhiti

Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 8:46 pm | The Scoop Team

Labour - 50.4%. Māori Party - 21.1%. New Zealand First - 12.0%. Greens - 7.5% National - 5.9%. The Opportunities Party 1.6%. Mana Movement 1.3% ACT - 0.3%. More >>

Māori TV Reid Research Polls on Te Tai Hauāuru electorate

Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 8:34 pm | The Scoop Team

Te Tai Hauāuru Howie Tamati, Māori Party 52%. Adrian Rurawhe, Labour 39%. Jack McDonald, Greens 9.1%. More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Resting Sea Shepherd

Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 5:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

What a colourful run this outfit has had. Branded in 2013 by Judge Alex Kozinski of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit as pirates, the Sea Shepherd crew will be hanging up their hooks while rethinking their whale protection strategy. ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Winston Peters and MSD

Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 2:03 pm | Gordon Campbell

R elatively speaking, it is far more common for people to be underpaid by MSD thanks to bureaucratic error, or through being ill -informed by MSD about their true entitlements. The relatively low take-up rates for some targeted benefits is a genuine scandal. ... More >>

Most Read Items on Scoop – Week Ending Aug 24

Friday, 25 August 2017, 11:19 am | The Scoop Team

A Roy Morgan poll published at the beginning of the analysis cycle was the most read item between Friday August 18 and Thursday August 24. More >>

BINZ Proposal Sets Out 4 Steps To Progress a UBI in NZ

Thursday, 24 August 2017, 9:44 pm | Hivemind

Basic Income New Zealand have researched four steps towards a comprehensive universal basic income for consideration and comment. These four steps represent well researched, tangible and realistic actions that any government could take in the upcoming term ... More >>

Stephen Bannon – Losing the Battle but not the War

Thursday, 24 August 2017, 5:22 pm | Reuben Steff

Last Friday Stephen Bannon, the Trump administration’s rabble-rousing Chief Strategist, resigned his post – the latest in a series of firings and resignations by members of Trump’s key advisors. It is tempting, especially if one observes mainstream ... More >>

David Swanson: The Peace Monument the United States Needs

Thursday, 24 August 2017, 4:56 pm | David Swanson

The Peace Monument the United States Needs By David Swanson More >>

Trump and Kim Should Not Hold the World Hostage

Thursday, 24 August 2017, 4:54 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Not too far away from Seattle, Washington there are eight ballistic-missile submarines carrying the world’s large shipments of nuclear weapons. More >>

Binoy Kampmark: The Rise of the Killer Robot

Thursday, 24 August 2017, 4:19 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“As companies building the technologies in artificial intelligence and robotics that may be repurposed to develop autonomous weapons, we feel especially responsible in raising this alarm.” Open Letter to the UN on Autonomous technology, August ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Greens' ongoing problems

Thursday, 24 August 2017, 11:10 am | Gordon Campbell

H ard to treat the Greens’ belated decision to stand a candidate in Ohariu as being anything other than a desperation move, by a party whose own leadership is evidently concerned about its chances of survival. Green candidates are not expected ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Trump and Afghanistan

Wednesday, 23 August 2017, 1:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The story continues with dispiriting relentlessness. The remark by Samuel Beckett in The Unnamable comes to mind: “I can’t go on. I’ll go on.” With the sense of incapacity about going on, yet doing so with a drone’s dedicated commitment, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on DHB deficits and free trade

Wednesday, 23 August 2017, 12:37 pm | Gordon Campbell

C urrently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Statues in Defeat

Tuesday, 22 August 2017, 4:27 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Statues of historical weight tend to represent heroism – of sorts. It might be of the doomed variety, and often is. Rebellious causes assume the visage of a stony form, to gaze soullessly across promenades or parks, often ignored by many who have ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the life and times of Peter Dunne

Tuesday, 22 August 2017, 10:23 am | Gordon Campbell

I n the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament. The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more ... More >>

Rawiri Taonui: The Maori Election

Monday, 21 August 2017, 5:01 pm | Rawiri Taonui

The election battle for the Maori seats 2017 opened last year when Maori Party President Tuku Morgan announced a peace deal with the Mana Movement aimed at securing all the Maori seats and holding the balance of power. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s campaign launch

Monday, 21 August 2017, 12:15 pm | Gordon Campbell

B ack in the days of street protests against the Vietnam War, the mainstream media could usually be relied on to systematically undercount the numbers taking part. So, with that prospect in mind, what were the crowd estimates for yesterday’s Labour ... More >>

What is owed to us? Introducing a UBI in New Zealand

Monday, 21 August 2017, 8:39 am | Basic Income New Zealand

We are not algorithms, numbers or bots. We are people. People with emotions, feelings and empathy toward our families and the communities we live in. But we wouldn’t know that when we look at the way we and most of our community are being squeezed ... More >>

The Elephant in the Room

Saturday, 19 August 2017, 12:22 pm | Hayley Stevenson

A world-renowned barrister who once represented the father of Princess Diana’s lover will host a meeting on the silence around suicide in Auckland tomorrow with his partner Yvette Greenway. More >>

HiveMind Report: Consensus Found On Key Water Quality Issues

Saturday, 19 August 2017, 2:13 am | Hivemind

Thankyou to all who contributed to our HiveMind Consultation on 'Water Quality' in July and August 2017. It is clear that there was a consensus amongst the 117 New Zealanders participating in this exercise around a number of important aspects of ... More >>

Most Read Items on Scoop – Week Ending Aug 17

Friday, 18 August 2017, 11:58 am | The Scoop Team

The most read item on Scoop this week was a press release from Right to Life attacking Jacinda Ardern for “refusing to defend the natural family”. The vast majority of the traffic was last Sunday. More >>

Why We Need a More Open Election in 2017

Friday, 18 August 2017, 3:23 am | Joseph Cederwall

In April Scoop received crowdfunding from our generous supporters in order to achieve the goal of “Opening The Election” in 2017. We are happy to announce that Scoop’s new Opening The Election 2017 page is live now. More >>

UBI could increase human well-being and help save the planet

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 11:45 pm | Joseph Cederwall

Anthropologist Jason Hickel believes basic income could be part of the solution to this problem of the pervasiveness of the growth mentality. He presents UBI as forming part of a strategy of "planned de-growth," which he believes will "increase ... More >>

1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll August 12 to 16

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 6:21 pm | The Scoop Team

National down three points to 44 percent. Labour up 13 points to 37 percent. NZ First down one point to 10 percent. Green Party down 11 points to 4.3 percent. The Opportunities Party steady on two percent. Maori Party up one point to two percent. More >>

Franklin Lamb: Lebanon War - What Price will Hezbollah pay?

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 4:07 pm | Franklin Lamb

Handicapping Israel’s 6th war on Lebanon by Franklin Lamb Oxford, UK Part II Israel’s 6th war on Lebanon: What Price will Hezbollah pay? More >>

Franklin Lamb: Handicapping Israel’s 6th war on Lebanon

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 4:06 pm | Franklin Lamb

For Israel, it’s widely predicted 6th war on Lebanon won’t be a repeat of June 1967, June 1973, or July 2006. More >>

Basic income could build community in age of individualism

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 9:56 pm | Max Harris and Alexander E. Kentikelenis

What if every citizen had a guaranteed income, regardless of whether they are at work? In an age of austerity and the rolling back of social policies, this idea may sound radical – but it is gaining momentum. Advocates of a universal basic income ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: Labour isn’t responsible for Barnaby Joyce

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 11:50 am | Gordon Campbell

A s a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! - our own government has chosen to further ... More >>

The Staying Power of Racism After Charlottesville

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 11:02 am | Tikkun

Many of us spiritual progressives have been in deep grief for the loss of life of Heather Heyer, the woman killed by a Nazi fanatic who also wounded 19 other anti-racist activists. We are also in grief about the ways racism continues to flourish on so ... More >>

Am I an American Supremacist?

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 10:45 am | Adele Roof

As most everyone knows, white supremacists descended upon my city of Charlottesville, VA, this past weekend, and chaos, violence and tragedy ensued. I’ve been thinking since then about the concept of supremacy and how odious it is–as if one race were ... More >>

Meteria Turei and the modern day witch hunters

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 10:40 am | Lynley Tulloch

Meteria Turei made her confession of ‘benefit fraud’ in the depths of a rather cold and wet winter. It’s a time when the most vulnerable among us are struggling. Many single mothers and those on benefits are forced to live in inadequate, damp ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Australia’s Citizenship Crisis

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 5:24 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“You know, when you nominate for Parliament, there is actually a question, you’ve got to address that section 44 question.” Australian Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce More >>

A UBI may be a good idea – but.....

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 1:54 am | Michael Fletcher

Strong arguments, both philosophical and practical , can be made for incorporating a UBI into our tax-benefit system. But if our objectives include social security – ensuring an adequate minimum living standard for all and minimising poverty – then we will still need an effective social assistance system sitting alongside it. More >>

Introducing a UBI in NZ – Insights from the Finnish Trial

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 1:37 am | Pii-Tuulia Nikula

Finland began a Universal Basic Income (UBI) pilot at the start of 2017. Will its findings be useful in informing the policy debate in New Zealand? The idea of a UBI scheme has attracted growing interest in recent years: the New Zealand Treasury produced ... More >>

PM's Press Conference 14/8/17: Mental Health and Evidence

Monday, 14 August 2017, 6:12 pm | Lyndon Hood

The Prime Minister was joined by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman at today's post-cabinet press conference. They announced a suite of new mental health initiatives costing $100 million . Prime Minister English described it as a 'significant broadening and ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Money Laundering in Chief

Monday, 14 August 2017, 2:41 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Australian banker is a smug species, arguably more than his international peers. Caught off guard by the financial disasters of the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Australian banking system has become an expression of a classic oligopoly, manipulating ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Death on Manus - Avenging the King of Iran

Monday, 14 August 2017, 2:35 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“The only responsible and humane thing for our government to do is immediately evacuate every single man on Manus, every single family and child on Nauru to safety on Australia.” Daniel Webb, Human Rights Law Centre, Aug 7, 2017 More >>

National Announces Plan To Hit Youth With Big Mallets

Monday, 14 August 2017, 1:05 pm | Lyndon Hood

The National party has announced its youth justice policy, which includes a controversial plan for recidivist serious youth offenders to be hit over the head with a comically large rubber mallet. More >>

Gordon Campbell on North Korea, neo-Nazism, and Milo

Monday, 14 August 2017, 11:45 am | Gordon Campbell

W ith a bit of luck the planet won't be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. As someone ... More >>

Universal Basic Income - The Future of Work in Aotearoa?

Monday, 14 August 2017, 9:22 am | Joseph Cederwall

A Universal Basic Income (UBI) is an unconditional minimum income provided to every member of society regardless of age, working status or level of income. The UBI seeks to maintain a functional market economy in the face of increasing technological disruption, ... More >>

HiveMind: Universal Basic Income - Are we up for it?

Monday, 14 August 2017, 8:55 am | HiveMind

In collaboration with Basic Income New Zealand, Scoop invites you to participate in the third Opening the Election HiveMind exploration for 2017 on Universal Basic Income. More >>

Most Read Political Items on Scoop – Week Ending Aug 10

Friday, 11 August 2017, 11:24 am | The Scoop Team

Releases relating to Metiria Turei dominated the most read ranking political items published on Scoop in the last week. More >>

Uruti possum hunt and school violence

Friday, 11 August 2017, 10:38 am | Lynley Tulloch

It’s the stuff of childhood nightmares and yet twice as scary because it is real. Children at many rural schools in New Zealand are encouraged to not only participate in killing animals, but also to dress them up in a range of creative and yet ghoulish ... More >>

You Can't Trap the ‘Magic Rat’: Trump...

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 2:08 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

A wonderful thing about observing and analyzing the human mind is that there is a seemingly infinite variety of phenomena to observe and analyze. I sometimes wonder if it is even remotely possible to master this subject but, even if it is not, at ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Turei finale

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 10:46 am | Gordon Campbell

So the political career of Metiria Turei is, in effect, now over. It goes to show the double standard in politics is alive and well. Which one, you may ask - the one where a different standard of behaviour is applied to politicians on the centre-left ... More >>